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Visit to the Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

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Although it may seem like a lie, many people from Madrid, Segovia and Abulanses still do not know theRoyal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso. Despite its proximity it has always been a bit neglected, perhaps because we visited it on a school trip which we no longer remember or for not being on our list of priorities. Or it may be the Segovian piglet have more thrust ... Excuses aside, from the month of April to October the fountains of the palace open at 17:30 generally, wetting all visitors who come to admire this wonder.


Royal Collegiate Church Palace of San Ildefonso

The Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

It had been more than 20 years since my last visit to Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso. I go through the area countless times, not only to visit Segovia, but to make hiking trails. Routes such as the ascent to Reventón or the route that leads to Peñalara from the farm. In fact I had to be a father to be able to schedule a visit. Those days when you can not waste time at home when you have 2 babies and you stay only 24 hours. The solution is to visit the Farm. Take a long walk, calm the beasts and revive one of the most fantastic places in the Guadarrama mountain range.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

Tickets for the royal palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

The first thing I did was check the price of the tickets, 9€ per person and free for children under 5 years. Available online or at the box office. I opted for this last option and the purchase was relatively quick to be a Saturday morning around 11:00. Security check included. If a guide is required, we can pay 4€ additional and wait for the next turn.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

An important and common detail in other monuments of the national heritage is the prohibition of taking photographs of its interiors. Nor can we enter with bulky backpacks that will have to be deposited in the lockers just after passing the security checkpoint.

See tours to the Farm Palace

Visit to the Farm Palace

Paid the tickets led me to me only with my two babies through a private instance. The reason was simple, a double baby carriage does not climb stairs or pass narrow doors and the special elevator as well as the special doors were locked. A detail to have a place with accessibility for all types of visitors. A 10.


Photo taken from //www.turismorealsitiodesanildefonso.com

We finish in the Tapestry room Where did my visit begin? From there I moved to the royal authorities ending in a room on the ground floor where there was a souvenir shop as well as an art room with numerous mirrors and sculptures.


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The gardens and fountains of the Palacio de la Granja de San Ildefonso

With the good taste left by the interiors of the palace, we went outside. It's 3:00 pm and it's scorching hot with 32 degrees in the shade. The gardens of the Farm are really a large forest with dozens of sources of roads on all four sides, this guarantees water and shade for the most part.


Palace Exteriors

The first source we visited was the Source of Fame. It is located to the South-West, just to the left of the exterior entrance or the Royal Palace itself. To be the first source that we see in the Farm we already get to the idea of ​​how impressive the place is. Many people think they are constructed of bronze, but they are really lead and painted bronze to prevent corrosion. In Versailles they did the same ...


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso - Fountain of Fame

Following the path in the same direction we will end in the Fountain of Diana's Baths. Inspired by classical mythology like so many others. She is famous for being a glutton and I am not talking about Diana. It is the source that consumes the most water in the entire palace.


Fountain Baths of Diana

We turn 90 degrees in a South-East direction, walking down a slight slope. It's time to get to the Fountain of the Frogs, name given by the numerous lead frogs that adorn the fountain. Anyway this name could be given to other sources of the palace as these amphibians camp at ease.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso - Fountain of the Frogs

We follow the path until we are forced to turn left and run into the source of the Low Cup where not far away is his namesake High cup fountain.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

I recognize that the fountains are very beautiful but the place where they reside has a special charm. It is a botanical garden, with countless species and where one feels in the middle of nature.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

If we turn right to the next intersection and then left we will reach the Canastillo fountain. One of the most popular and that usually goes on every summer. We may see it small, but under that modest appearance awaits a power capable of launching jets several meters high and wetting visitors more than 5 meters from the same edge of the fountain.


Canastillo Fountain

Continuing the path we reach a pool without any source, the so-called square pond. It is located in one of the highest areas of the gardens of the Farm and through it we begin to descend until we find the Fountain of the Cups o High cup. As it is very similar to the low we do not pay much importance and decided to follow the path to my right until I find the waterfalls (without water) in front of the palace.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

We are located in front of the Farm Palace. Place of one of the best known images of the place and that unfortunately does not usually have water. It is one of those that light 3 times a year to avoid deterioration.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

It's 5:00 PM and I'm approaching one of the entrances to the gardens and numerous groups of visitors accumulate in the shade. They are waiting for the ignition of one of the sources.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

This ignition does not happen until 30 minutes later and they do it one by one, so I still have time to visit one of the most important sources of the entire royal palace of the Farm, the fountain of Neptune.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

And how could it be another, Neptune It is on the waters, a really beautiful image where many visitors spend the dead hours sitting in the nearby banks. Too bad this day was not on.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

Last but not least, the source of the jungle, also completely without water and lying on the left end of the palace.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

Lighting of the fountains of the Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

This is the good and bad part as you look. Good because having the opportunity to see them running with water makes us imagine how the kings of the time saw their summer residence while riding their horse.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

Bad because it fills people up to amounts that are exaggerated. It is easy to see around a single source up to almost 1000 people. The reason is simple, only the sources are opened one by one, up to four and only one is lit, so corralitos of people gather to see each of the sources at the same time, without having the opportunity to disperse.


Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso

Practical data

When to go to the Palacio de la Granja de San Ildefonso?

Spring is undoubtedly the best time to visit it. Both the mountain and the gardens are lush green and all the flowers are in full swing. In addition several sources are turned on several days a week.

How to get to the Palacio de la Granja de San Ildefonso?

Luckily we have several options, although the most used is the car. The bus is another option although it needs its time…. The company "the Sepulveda”Has daily buses from Madrid to Segovia and from Segovia to San Ildefonso. Another option is to take the regional train or the bird to Segovia and from there take the bus.

How much does it cost to enter the palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso?

The price is 9€ for the entrance to the palace and gardens. 4€ If we are between 5 and 16 years old.

Excursion from Madrid to the Farm including Segovia

A very complete excursion is the one organized by Civitatis, which includes bus transportation, a visit to the Palacio de la Granja and Segovia.

See tours to the Farm Palace

When do you turn on all the sources of the Farm?

It depends a lot on the year. In 2018 they were open in summer given the large amount of rainfall from previous months. 2019 It is being very dry and the fountains will only open on very specific dates. May 30, July 25 and August 25.

When do you turn on some sources of the Farm?

Between the months of April and October more the holy week (See previous appointment). They are usually Wednesdays, Saturdays and Holidays at 17:30 and Sundays at 13:00. Cost 4€ If you don't want to see inside the palace. During the months of July and August the source will be put into operation “Diana's Baths”At night from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the Gardens being opened for this purpose at 10 p.m. The ticket price is 2€. More information here.

Accessibility to the farm palace of San Ildefonso

Strollers, wheelchairs, children, ..., etc. are welcome.

Where to sleep near the Palacio de la Granja de San Ildefonso?

  • The Parador de la Granja: it is the top site of the place and that will not disappoint anyone.
  • Hotel Roma: a farm classic at the foot of the entrance to the town.

Rent a car to go to the Farm


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